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Old 05-12-2015, 06:19 PM   #1
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Opinions wanted-R1100RT

I'm considering joining the world of modern motorcycles. After 6 years of riding a 1970 BSA Lightning, a BMW R51/3 project fell in my lap for a ridiculously cheap price. 2 years later I wanted something that needed a little less maintenance so I picked up a 1973 R75/5. It had electric start! I've put over 20k on the /5 in the last two years...it's been a good bike.

So, that's my background. At work this morning a coworker approached me and said his cousin was selling her 1999 R1100RT for $1500. The bike has 80k miles on it..coworker said his cousin just wants to get rid of the bike since she no longer rides. Obviously I would like to see service records and see what's been done and when. Is that a good price for that year bike with that mileage? Will I be putting triple the cost into the bike within the next couple of years? I've never taken a bike into a mechanic and don't want to start now, so how easy are these bikes to work on? I'm perfectly fine rebuilding engines and have local very competent machinists. Any pros or cons are most welcome!
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Old 05-12-2015, 06:22 PM   #2
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Short answer- buy it.

It's just getting broken in, parts are available, and it's a SWEET ride.

Change fluids, tires, blah blah...
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Old 05-12-2015, 06:57 PM   #3
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Short answer- buy it.

It's just getting broken in, parts are available, and it's a SWEET ride.

Change fluids, tires, blah blah...
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At that price, if in good order, you can't go wrong. The parts alone are probably worth more. Give it a good test drive. Redline a couple gears and listen for any cam chain rattle or clutch slippage.
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Old 05-12-2015, 07:31 PM   #4
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Buy it !
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:01 PM   #5
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The 1100rt is the best rt. least complex, plenty fast, best reliability... They just work.
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Old 05-12-2015, 09:19 PM   #6
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I have a 96 that's just about to turn over 100k. I'm not very smart but I can do a fair amount of work on it. If you're comfortable rebuilding an engine I'd think you'd be able to do anything to it that it might need. The only expensive bit that might need replacing is the ABS modulator, and you could always opt to just disable the ABS - you'd still have really good brakes; just not anti-lock.

For $1500, especially if the plastics are in good shape, you could likely part it for that if it turned out to need work you didn't want to do.

I'd look into joining BMWRT.com (now actually bmwsporttouring.com, but the original, shorter, url still works) if you get it. They know everything there is to know about that bike.

When do we get to see the pics?

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Old 05-12-2015, 09:27 PM   #7
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Great bikes, very comfortable for long rides. You may have to change the seat and windscreen, but then again maybe not if you're average build. Read up on the issues and maintenance, knowledge is key to preventing failures. With that many miles I'd be concerned about lubricating the transmission splines, upgrading the Hall Sensor, going to ss braided brake lines and checking final drive bearings for wear.
Here's a good place to start.
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Old 05-13-2015, 02:00 PM   #8
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650 Lightning that brings back some mixed memories

+ great handling bike

- fuel and electrical
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Old 05-14-2015, 04:54 AM   #9
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I'd buy it, but keep a few things in mind. At 80K it needs new brake lines - $230. It needs a new HES - $250. Start looking around for a lightly used driveshaft. You'll want to replace that at 100K, along with the rear pivot pins. Besides that, you'll be getting a bike that will last a LONG time.
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:09 AM   #10
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Buy it now. That's a great price if the bike is in reasonable condition. '98 and '99 R1100 models are super reliable and easy to work on.
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:09 AM   #11
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yeah the R11RT was a very nice bike .... so was the R11S .... hmmmmm


dont like the new Beemers, or the new Hondas, or the new .....
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:36 PM   #12
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Buy it dude. You can fix any thing that brakes.

Ride it down to rocketman's rally.

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Old 05-14-2015, 04:50 PM   #13
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If you don't buy it, post the sellers contact info in Flea Market - for that price someone will pick it up.
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Old 05-14-2015, 05:19 PM   #14
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All good info guys. His cousin is out of town tomorrow, but said he'd get me in contact with her next week. It seems I was wrong on the price; it's $1000.

Shane, is that going on in June? If so, I hope to see you the third year in a row!
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:12 PM   #15
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